The Selection Series – Published 2013-2017
“For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.” – Goodreads (Book 1)
I am late to the game on this series. I know.
This review is of the series as a whole. The description above is for book one only. The series includes The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir, The Crown, and a collection of novellas which can be read all together in Happily Ever After. The suggested reading order is: The Selection, The Elite, The One, Happily Ever After, The Heir, and The Crown. The first three novels coincide with the novellas, and the final two books are set many years after.
I absolutely devoured this series. I’ve had these books on my shelves for years, but I honestly wasn’t interested in them until my coworkers started reading them and talked about how wonderful they are. For whatever reason I thought they were fantasy novels, but they are not. They’re set in the future, after the fall of the United States. A new caste system is in place and the royal family is in charge. The Selection is a glorified Bachelor competition where individuals compete for the attention of the prince (or princess…). I really enjoyed this series and highly recommend it. It’s a little bit dystopian, a little bit romance, a little bit family struggle, and a lot of likable characters.
I love crappy reality television, especially The Bachelor, so any time the concept of competing for love comes into a book, I’m into it. I loved the contestants involved, whether they were likable or despicable. I also loved guessing who I thought would win.
I loved how quickly this series reads and how the novellas accompany the first three novels.
I adore Maxon. I HATE Aspen. Unpopular opinion? I don’t know, but I found him whiny and annoying and clingy. I can’t do clingy.
The One seemed rushed to me, and it was my least favorite of them all.
The Heir seemed to move slowly, and I thought it probably could have been broken into two novels to give us more insight on the (spoiler) male contestants. The Selection and The Elite made sense in that respect.
Selection – 5
Elite – 5
One – 4
Happily Ever After – 4
Heir – 4
Crown – 4.5